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Most Ignorant Citizens: 14,306th Most Authoritarian: 14,532nd Largest Black Market: 14,651st
The Constitutional Monarchy of
Father Knows Best State
First Gain the Victory, Then make the Best Use of it.
Influence
Shoeshiner
Region
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Reasonable
Political Freedom
Outlawed

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Duke

Population6.2 billion

CapitalUr
LeaderRonald McDonald
FaithVioletism

CurrencyPound
AnimalRampart Dragon

The Constitutional Monarchy of Duke is a colossal, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Ronald McDonald with an iron fist, and remarkable for its soft-spoken computers, frequent executions, and strictly enforced bedtime. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 6.2 billion Civvieses are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Defense, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Ur. The average income tax rate is 23.7%, but much higher for the wealthy.

The large but inefficient Dukean economy, worth 202 trillion Pounds a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient black market in Cheese Exports, Information Technology, Arms Manufacturing, and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 32,610 Pounds, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.2 times as much as the poorest.

Genocide is seen as a topic best avoided in history lessons, mantis shrimp studies is academia's fastest-growing field, train stations can be 'armful places, and young men in tiny bikinis draw neither comment nor stares on the morning commute. Crime, especially youth-related, is almost non-existent, thanks to a very well-funded police force. Duke's national animal is the Rampart Dragon, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is Violetism.

Duke is ranked 91,098th in the world and 32nd in Scandinavia for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 1,524.77 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Most Ignorant Citizens: 14,306thMost Authoritarian: 14,532ndLargest Black Market: 14,651st
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Most Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionMost Authoritarian: 2nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Duke's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Sprat" to "Shoeshiner".
  • : Duke's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Minnow" to "Sprat".
  • : Duke's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Nipper" to "Minnow".
  • : Duke's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Newcomer" to "Nipper".
  • : Duke's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Hatchling" to "Newcomer".
  • : Duke's influence in Scandinavia rose from "Zero" to "Hatchling".
  • : Duke changed its national faith to "Violetism".
  • : Following new legislation in Duke, young men in tiny bikinis draw neither comment nor stares on the morning commute.
  • : Duke was reclassified from "Iron Fist Consumerists" to "Father Knows Best State".
  • : Following new legislation in Duke, train stations can be 'armful places.

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